Workshop webinar on "Spectacular information and visualising data"

Part 1: Communicating your research online

The volume of new research that is published and shared is increasing rapidly so how can researchers make their work stand out? A range of new tools are emerging that complement traditional publishing and communication methods and researchers can take advantage of these to enhance their online profiles, even before they have published any of their work. It is possible to track your research impact digitally, gain citations for your work, interact with peers and engage with a non-academic audience directly.
This course will introduce participants to a set of online tools (including Google Scholar, Figshare, ResearchGate) designed specifically for academics that can be used to discuss, share and promote research.

Part 2: Introduction to data and information visualisation

Displaying information in a visual format is a excellent way for researchers to communicate their work. You can enhance your research papers, thesis, conference posters, presentations and public engagement activities with accurate and clear visual representations.
There are a number of different ways to display your data or ideas visually and it depends on who you are aiming to engage and what you want to tell them. How do you decide which format is best and how much time does it take? What story can your data tell? What style of image is suitable for a particular publication? Building excellent graphics and summary figures takes time, practice and a willingness to learn the appropriate software. This workshop will provide an overview of tools and further resources for participants to explore in their own time.

  • When: Thursday, July 21st - 16:00-18:00
  • Where: Lab 3 - Seminar Room C700
  • Whom: OIST Postdoctoral Scholars and Scientists
  • Instructor: Dr Joanna Young, Director of The Scientific Editing Company, Scotland
  • Registration: Please fill out the registration form below this page.
  • Registration deadline: Tuesday, July 19th (This workshop is limited to 25 attendees based on a first come, first serve policy!) 

Bio of the instructor: Dr Joanna Young, Director, Scientific Editing Company

Before starting her company in 2011, Joanna completed a three year postdoctoral position in the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation in the Informatics Department at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, she received her PhD and MSc in neuroscience and informatics from the same department, and a BSc in microbiology.

Joanna also organises and manages the annual UK ReCon conference ( on research communication, the 4th Annual ReCon conference and hackday will take place in June 2016.

The Scientific Editing Company ( specialises in publishing services and research communication training. In addition to our editing and proofreading service for academic manuscripts, we deliver training workshops for researchers at universities and institutes around the UK and Europe.